“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Therefore, do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Carpe Diem A few days ago, I was having breakfast with a group of MD5 men. As we were talking about where we were investing our margin, one of the men talked about his commitment to spend quality time with his sons, to which one of the guys said, “Seize the Day!” The "Ah Ha Moment" Just a few minutes later as we were wrapping up, I was thinking about what was on my “to-do” list for the day, which I’m sure looks a lot like yours. One of my recent commitments is to spend time more with my mom, who I’m blessed to still have in good physical and mental health. As I was walking out with my friend I was convicted and told him that I was going to go see my mom. He smiled and said, “Seize the Day!” Making the Most of Every Opportunity The famous phrase, “Seize the Day” is a Latin phrase penned over 2,000 years ago by the Roman poet Horace. It can also be translated “pluck the day.” The apostle Paul said something similar in Ephesians chapter 5:15-17. “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Think About It So, how do we make the most of the time we have? As MD5 guys, we know that margin is critical. As I was thinking about the idea of “plucking the day”, I imagined a farmer picking his produce. How effective would the farmer be, if he were trying to gather his produce with his hands full of other things? Like the farmer, we need to “empty our hands” to make the most of the most precious resource we have. Our time. The Challenge I left the restaurant that day, emptied my hands of the tasks and chores I’d planned to do, and seized the blessing to spend the next few hours with my mom. Are you being very careful to seize your margin? It’ll be really hard to do with your hands full.
Larry Martin MD5 Huddle Facilitator